Dear Emergency Room: People With Mental Illnesses Are Real Patients, Too

I’m willing to bet we also have fewer face-to-face provider minutes, receive fewer diagnostic tests, have positive diagnostic tests read as negative more frequently and get discharged without so much as an aspirin far more often than those without a mental illness diagnosis. Has anyone ever looked into that, ER? Maybe I’m wrong. I’d be happy to be proven so. Unfortunately, ER, experience tells me I am all too correct.

We know we’ve been dismissed. You know we’ve been dismissed. But if we spoke up while we were visiting, it only reinforced your negative beliefs, ER. If we questioned, complained or simply asked for that which we needed, and felt we weren’t receiving, it only fueled your disdain and suspicion — further proof we were not real but rather nuisance patients.

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